Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), is especially impressive in the blockchain education it offers to entrepreneurs, alumni, the general public and postgraduate students.
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NTU’s master’s program in financial technology specifically highlights blockchain technology as an area of coverage: “a strong emphasis is placed on the in-depth mastery of disruptive technologies in finance, including … financial cryptography (e.g. blockchain technology).” The curriculum includes courses in blockchain concepts, blockchain engineering and applied cryptography.
The university offers a number of short educational courses for entrepreneurs already working in the industry. One such course held this year was called “Embrace the Era of Blockchain” and concluded with a module titled “Develop Your Own Blockchain Strategy.”
During the pandemic, NTU’s business school continued to offer blockchain and crypto education with an online Zoom webinar about the impact of COVID-19 on those fields. It was open to students and the public alike and featured speakers from crypto exchange Binance and global consultancy EY.
NTU has had a student-run blockchain club named “Blockchain at NTU” since 2017. It makes sure to convey on its website that it focuses more on the technical understanding of blockchain technology and its applications and implications, rather than on speculation about cryptocurrencies. The club actually makes decentralized apps, or dapps, available online to the wider public for educational purposes.
Singapore is increasingly opening to blockchain innovation. The Singapore Blockchain Ecosystem Report – funded by global consultancies like PwC and tech giants like IBM and published last year – found that many business leaders in the city considered it a global leader in blockchain adoption ahead of Hong Kong, Japan or the U.K.